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  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: A&E Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: April 24, 2007
  • Run Time: 188 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000GJ0LFY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #193,201 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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hey came in waves from out of the dark forests of Europe and over the course of a millennium they drove a mighty empire to its knees. Relentless unmerciful and united only in their hatred for Rome each of these warrior tribes had its own violent agenda dark rites savage tactics and secret weapons.This second volume in acclaimed Barbarians series from THE HISTORY CHANNEL follows four of history's most fearsome tribes: the Vandals the Saxons the Franks and the Lombards as they cut a swath of destruction through the heart of the Roman world.Produced in High Definition BARBARIANS II recreates the world of these invaders through even more intense stunts large-scale battle re-enactments and a fast-paced exciting narrative.The whistle of the war axe and the clank of the shield will ring in viewers' ears as these four programs bring the epochal clash of civilizations to life as never beforeRuntime: 188 minsFormat: DVD MOVIE Genre: DOCUMENTARIES/MISC. UPC: 733961761054 Manufacturer No: AAE-76105

Customer Reviews

The DVD's functioned well, audio and video quality were excellent.
Mike Silverman
In many cases, these barbarian tribes were hired as mercenaries and served the Empire as hired muscle against other barbarians.
Matthew S. Schweitzer
Will probably get him more History Channel series, because he finds them accurate and interesting.
Linda R. Hendrex

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63 of 63 people found the following review helpful By Matthew S. Schweitzer on March 20, 2007
This is the second DVD set from the History Channel that focuses on the Barbarian tribes of the Dark Ages. This series includes episodes on the Vandals, Franks, Lombards, and the Saxons. The first Barbarian series was an excellent introduction to a forgotten period in European history and despite some minor flaws, was thoroughly enjoyable. This second set, available currently through the History Channel, continues to bring this period to life as never before.

In the years leading up to and following the collapse of the Roman Empire in the West, hordes of often hungry and warlike barbarians swarmed into Roman lands from the East and North, inundating an already weak Imperial government in Rome. In many cases, these barbarian tribes were hired as mercenaries and served the Empire as hired muscle against other barbarians. This series focuses on some of the most famous of these groups, two of which went on to become extremely important in post- Imperial Europe. The Franks, under the ruthless, but powerful, King Clovis, would found a great kingdom of their own and lay the foundations for the Holy Roman Empire. The Saxons, surging west from Germania, would launch an invasion of Britain, claiming lands vacated by the retreating Romans, and served as the deadly enemies of the Britannic warlord who became the basis for the mythical King Arthur. The Vandals and the Lombards, though less well-known, also left their bloody mark on history as enemies of the Empire. This period of history saw the collapse of civilization in the West and the emergence of a chaotic time known to history as the Dark Ages. At the same time, Christianity spread throughout Europe, largely at the hands of the Barbarians themselves who came to embrace, at least nominally, a belief in Christ.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Rhett D. Sorensen on August 28, 2007
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The 2nd addition is every bit as good as the 1st. These are well made and very entertaining. Much of the footage is dramatization, and they do a surprisingly good job considering that it isn't a multi-million dollar hollywood production. My personal favorite was the one on the Celts, it was extremely intersting. Franks was my 2nd favorite. All 4 were very very good though. If you enjoy medieval history and you enjoy the dramatization style then you will absolutely LOVE this set. Again, very informative and very entertaining.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Joseph C. Martinak on August 20, 2008
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A great way to learn about the different groups who ran around Europe causing mayhem. Get Barbarians I and start!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mark on June 30, 2008
This is an excellent example of what the History Channel has been offering us for years. Comprehensive, fascinating, educational and thrilling, Barbarians 2 picks up where the first season left off and continues with unabated force.

Beginning with the fall of the Roman Empire, the series moves through each of the remaining barbarian tribes, carefully documenting their progress during the fall of Rome. Each tribe's achievements is featured, in turn complemented by interviews and highly believeble actors recreating the most important moments in barbarian history.

The greatest battles and the most intruiging assassinations are brought to life alongside examples of "ordinary" babarian life. The war-cries of the soldiers, the clash of swords, the slash of blades, the carnage and destruction and bloodshed during the stunt-fights all help to bring to life a period in history all too often over-looked.

On top of everything else you've read here and in other reviews, Barbarians 2 has a special feature I wasn't even aware of: An episode of Conquest, featuring Peter Woodward demonstrating the use of Barbarian weapons and an episode of Modern Marvels: Knives, Swords and Axes, which details their importance, creation and use from the Stone and Bronze ages, through to the Twenty-first Century.

I found that such extras greatly enhanced my educational experience and were a delightful surprise. They were a great bonus for no addtional cost. What a bargain! Thank you History Channel!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michael G. Zeimet on July 11, 2009
In this second installment by the History Channel, they document the more important and longer lasting tribes, such as the Saxons and the Franks. It is just as well made as the first series.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mike Silverman on October 18, 2010
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With documentaries my primary concern is, "can it hold my attention"? The story of the barbarian invasions is one that needs to be told graphically, and violently, while noting the elements of political intrigue that cut down the successive rulers of the tribes. The acting in this documentary is excellent, the choreographed battles seem realistic in how they might have actually played out, and you can keep track of which barbarian king is plotting against which other king and against the roman empire. This set definitely held my attention for the full production. I highly recommend it. The DVD's functioned well, audio and video quality were excellent.

- Mike Silverman
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kr on October 22, 2010
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I was surprised at how much I liked the re-enactment. The production value is excellent, and even better than the original series.
This would make an excellent compliment to the Germanic Tribes DVD produced by Kultur, since it supplements much of the material therein. I'm not sure I would recommend it as a stand-alone, since some of the information is legendary, this doesn't mean it any less interesting, its just that the narration should be up front about it.
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